Quantum Field Theory

Course description Quantum Field Theory
Year: 2015-2016
Catalog number: 4403QFTH6
  • Prof.dr. K.E. Schalm
Language: English
Blackboard: Unknown
EC: 6
Level: 500
Period: Semester 2
Hours of study: 44:00 hrs
  • Yes Elective choice
  • Yes Contractonderwijs
  • Yes Exchange
  • Yes Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • Yes A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites: Effective Field Theory, Quantum Theory.


Building on the courses Effective Field Theory and Quantum Theory, this is a first course in the Quantum Theory of Fields, which consistently unifies special relativity with quantum mechanics.
• Quantum Mechanics from a Lagrangian perspective
• The path integral
• Spin and the Lorentz Group
• The Dirac Equation
• The theory of Quantum-ElectroDynamics
• Perturbation theory and elementary scattering processes
• Introduction to Renormalization, the renormallization group and the connection with critical phenomena


Physics Schedule

Mode of instruction

Lectures and tutorials

Assessment method

60% Problem assignments; 40% Written Final exam (must pass)


Course material is on Blackboard.
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Reading list

primary text books (required)
1. M. Srednicki, Quantum Field Theory, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
2. R. Rattazzi: The Path Integral approach to Quantum Mechanics, http://itp.epfl.ch/webdav/site/itp/users/174685/private/RevisedLectureNotesV2.pdf
secondary text book (not required): M.E. Peskin, D.V. Schroeder: An introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Westview Press, 1995.


Contactdetails Teacher(s):Prof.dr.K. Schalm (Koenraad)